32230 VukovarNikole Tesle 8Telephone: 032/41 403Museum profile: fine artsFounded: 1959
Category of the museum collection: BCategory of the museum building: BNumber of inventoried museum items: 1357One of the most complete collections of Croatian art of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, donated by Dr Antun Bauer (Vukovar, 1911), museologist, art historian and archaeologist, founder of numerous museums and galleries in Croatia, donor and collector, founder of the post-graduate study of museology in Zagreb. Among its 1357 items, the collection holds works by Vlaho Bukovac, M. Celestin Medovic, Iso Krsnjavi, Ivan Mestrovic, Fran Krsinic, Emanuel Vidovic, Ljubo Babic, Vanja Radaus, Vladimir Filakovac and numerous other artists. The collection also has an accompanying archive of fine arts, also donated by Dr Bauer.The collection was housed in a building built at the beginning of the 20th century. Through modern museological programming of the building and the future permanent exhibition of the Collection, numerous new museum activities were planned.
The most valuable part of the collection was moved to the underground rooms of the Franciscan monastery, where it was discovered by the occupying forces. The holdings were requisitioned under the patronage of the Serbian Ministry of Culture.* The complete documentation concerning the holdings is stored at the MDC and with the donor, Dr Antun Bauer, in Zagreb.
The building was completely destroyed, so that today there only wasteland stands in its place.
The Collection was stolen from Vukovar with the rest of museum holdings, and is to be found in museums in Novi Sad and Belgrade, as well as in the Vojvodina Archives and in Dalj.
Vukovar, The building of the Bauer Collection and Gallery of Fine arts, 1991(from The Administration for the protection of cultural heritage photograph library)
Vukovar, The building of the Bauer Collection and Gallery of Fine arts, 1991(from MDC's photograph library)
Vukovar, the site where the building of the Bauer Collection was situated, 2/95(Photo: H. C. von Imhoff, Council of Europe, Committee on Culture and Education, Strasbourg)
Vukovar, The building of the Bauer Collection and Gallery of Fine arts, 1991
(from MDC's photograph library)